Local Entrepreneur Scott Wooden Concentrates on Community Relations

by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Scott Wooden spent 25 years in the biotech industry developing protein therapeutics as drugs. His impressive educational background culminated in a postdoctoral fellowship under two Nobel laureates, and he’s always been interested in healing. This educational experience, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, has led him to a new calling: Elements Therapeutic Massage. Scott is finding this new venture intensely satisfying. “Whereas pharmaceuticals take over a decade to develop, [at Elements] I can see an immediate effect on clients’ lives and well-being,” explained Scott.

IMG_3248Massage therapy is often viewed as an expensive splurge, but Scott has taken a different view. Elements Therapeutic Massage opened in early June in South Carlsbad, and it offers a customized massage experience. Rather than a typical, often impersonal day spa offering many random services, Elements has created a niche by specializing solely in massage services and providing a highly customized experience to each client. The focus is on the healing effects of regular massage therapy, and Scott aims to provide affordability and availability to time-starved consumers who recognize the value of massage in maintaining their overall health and wellness.

When he’s not busy opening or running one of the three new Elements Therapeutic Massage in South Carlsbad and surrounding communities, Scott is a busy and involved father and husband. He and his wife Victoria have resided in Carmel Valley for over 10 years, and as children Christine and Andrew move through Ocean Air Elementary school, Scott moves with them. He was a chief for the Shawridge tribe in the Wildcat Nation of the Ecke Adventure Princess program for six years with Christine, and he is currently finishing his third year in Andrew’s Adventure Guide’s tribe where he expects to continue his involvement. He’s been on the Del Mar Union Elementary School Board for the past three years, serving as its President and Clerk. The Woodens enjoy camping, hiking, Chargers football and Padres baseball, along with a myriad of school functions. Their favorite local activities include Ocean Air Park, Del Mar and Torrey Pines beaches and Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.IMG_3279

Owning Elements Therapeutic Massage enables Scott to help all of these local programs. He told us, “I would encourage all businesses in the area to look at what makes their local community special, and give a little back to support them.” This entrepreneurial 92130 resident concentrates on healing his community in more ways than one.

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Name:  Scott Wooden
Age:  51
Community:  Carmel Valley since 2002
Profession:  Local entrepreneur
Education:  BA (Biology) at the University of Virginia; PhD in Biochemistry at USC
Family:  Victoria (46); Christina (11); Andrew (7)

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